take (someone or something) seriously

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take (someone or something) seriously

To treat, consider, or approach someone or something with the seriousness or importance that it or they deserve. I wish we had taken her seriously; at the time, her claims seemed too outlandish to be true. If you don't start taking this work seriously, we're going to have to dismiss you from the company.
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take somebody/something ˈseriously

consider or treat something as important or serious: We told him he was in danger but he didn’t take us seriously.
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I told them to pressurise and they took it seriously."
"I think teachers and superintendents took it seriously and adopted the goals as their own."
Like Tom Lawson, he recognized that painting was at such a low point that nobody took it seriously; everybody thought that it was embalmed, so they could exploit it without having to be particularly concerned with its history.
"We had a lot of fun working on fids [musical] part of the flint because we took it seriously, although it doesn't play seriously," Deneuve says.
If we took it seriously, then I'm sure the show would fall on its bottom."